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Opus 63


  • Legley completed this song cycle on poems by Jos Vandeloo on 15 March 1965 in Woluwe. The version for soprano and piano was composed first, the version for soprano and string quartet afterwards.
  • The string quartet version was first performed on 23 October 1965 in Ypres' city theatre at a concert celebrating Legley's fiftieth birthday. The performers were soprano Raymonde Serverius and soloist of the Belgian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Georges Maes.[1]


  • instrumentation:
    • version 1: soprano and piano
    • version 2: soprano and string quartet[2]
  • duration: ca 17'


  • I. Ik predik de moeraskoorts
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 9/8
  • II. In het boek der dagen
    • tempo: Allegro moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • III. In het oog van vulkanen
    • tempo: Allegretto grazioso
    • time signature: 3/4
  • IV. Mensen staan als bomen
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • V. Steden verteren ons zachtaardig
    • tempo: Molto energico
    • time signature: 4/4
  • VI. Ik wil verstenen
    • tempo: Allegro risloluto e sempre molto energico
    • time signature: 4/4
  • VII. Teken voor mij een boom in het water[3]
    • tempo: Quasi adagio
    • time signature: 6/8
    • key signature: D b Major


  • autograph version 1: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4034-onderdeel-2
  • autograph version 2: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4034-onderdeel-1
  • first edition version 1: CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1966
  • first edition version 2 (score and parts): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1966


  1. Concert programme Huldeconcert Victor Legley. Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), no shelf number yet.
  2. 2 violins, viola and cello.
  3. Legley reused this song in the second movement of his Concerto for cello and orchestra.